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January 30, 2024

What Is Paintless Dent Repair? The Ultimate Guide

Vehicles are prone to a variety of damage. Auto accidents and inclement weather often play detrimental roles to the well-being of your car, and things like fender benders and hail damage can cause dents on the outside of a vehicle, resulting in a less-than-appealing appearance. But restoring your vehicle’s body might not take as much work or cost as much money as you might think, thanks to paintless dent repair. 

How Does Paintless Dent Repair Work?

Paintless dent repair works to fix dents in vehicles by reshaping the paneling. The original factory panel will be pushed into shape while preserving the existing paint. Technicians working on the repair use specific tools and start the work on the outside edges of the dent. Gradually, with time and skilled manipulation of the metal, the dented area becomes smaller and smaller until the panel is back in its original position.  

How Long Does Paintless Dent Repair Take?

Paintless dent repair doesn’t take long compared to traditional dent repair. Depending on the amount of work needed, paintless dent repair may take mere hours. Traditional dent repair work takes days and sometimes even weeks, especially if technicians need to wait for parts to come in.

How Much Is Paintless Dent Repair?

How much paintless dent repair costs depends on the amount of labor required. Traditional dent repair costs more because the labor can take days, if not weeks. Paintless dent repair can take hours rather than days. The amount per vehicle will vary depending on the amount of damage, but you can get an estimate from the nearest CARSTAR based on the damage sustained.

What Paintless Dent Repair Can Fix 

What paintless dent repair can fix depends on the extent and type of damage. 

For paintless dent repair to work, the damage must meet the following criteria:

  • No sharp edges or torn metal
  • No previous bodywork done on damaged area
  • Paint is whole (not scratched or chipped)
  • Dent damage is away from the edge of the panel

Advantages of Paintless Dent Repair Over Traditional Dent Repair

Traditional methods for repairing dents are extensive and expensive. First, the paint is sanded off, then the metal is pounded back into place. Any remaining dents are filled in with putty, and the area has to be repainted. The entire process can take weeks. 

Paintless dent repair can save you time and money because it’s typically faster and less expensive.

Other advantages include:

  • Avoidance of Color Matching Issues: With traditional repair, getting the color to match perfectly can be tricky. You might end up with spots that don’t match the original color of your vehicle. 
  • Value Retention: Vehicles with an intact paint job are more likely to retain their value when it comes time to sell them. 

Book Your Paintless Dent Repair Appointment Today

CARSTAR is ready to provide affordable, faster dent repair with paintless dent repair work. Schedule your paintless dent repair appointment with our team of skilled technicians today. Unsure if traditional or paintless dent repair is right for your vehicle? Reach out to your local CARSTAR expert today for a free estimate and recommendations!

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